On Thursday evening, anarchists from the Ruvikon group scattered leaflets and several packages of Spaghetti No. 6 near the home of Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis in the northern suburbs of Athens.
The symbolic action contained a protest against the high cost and poverty, as well as the “family basket” – an initiative by Minister Georgiadis to control price increases for about 50 essential goods, including Spaghetti No. 6, in supermarkets. “The family basket is a mockery of the people” and “Poverty does not end with communicative tricks,” some of the leaflets said. The protest was immediately seen as an “attack” on Minister Georgiadis, who blamed the main opposition left SYRIZA and its leader, Alexis Tsipras.
Ένα περίεργο πράγμα όποτε λέω κάτι που ενοχλεί πολύ τον @atsipras έρχεται ο Ρουβίκωνας και επιτίθεται στο σπίτι μου με τα παιδιά μου μέσα…μπα σύμίθια εκα ία @syriza_gr σίγουρα καταδικάζει την επίθεση στο σπίτι μου είμαι βέβαιος…παιδιά δεν σας φοβόμαστε να. pic.twitter.com/8rOCSiBvD7
— Άδωνις Γεωργιάδης (@AdonisGeorgiadi) November 17, 2022
“Weird thing when I say something that really bothers @atsipras Ruvikonas comes and attacks my house with my kids inside… well it must be a coincidence and @syriza_gr definitely condemns the attack on my house I’m sure… guys we are not afraid of you, you know,” the minister wrote on Twitter.
Speaking to the media on Friday morning, Georgiadis said the relationship between SYRIZA and the far left is well known. He added that there were about 40 people near his house and he was informed about the incident by his children while he was away with his wife.
Government spokesman Yiannis Ikonomou spoke of “cowardice” and “a brazen attack by Ruvikonas’ thugs” when the minister’s children were in the house. In the same tone, some Georgiadis cabinet colleagues condemned the attack, calling it “intimidation” and using the slogan “democracy is not terrorized.”
Καταδικάζουμε την αποψινή επίθεση στο σπίτι του Αδ. Γεωργιάδη. Η πολιτική αντιπαράθεση οφειλει να γίνεται με θέσεις και επιχειρήματα.
— Dimitris Mantzos (@Mantzos) November 17, 2022
SYRIZA and PASOK-KINAL later issued statements condemning the attack.
Σοκ και δεος…
Ο τρόμος πάνω από την πόλη…
Τα μακαρόνια ναναι 6 pic.twitter.com/jSYHoCPtms
— Παυλος Πολακης (@pavpol2222) November 18, 2022
“Shock and awe … Horror over the city … Spaghetti number 6” – SYRIZA deputy Pavlos Polakis commented.